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Rubio May Have Been Target of Assassination Plot: Memo

Venezuelan pol he's been feuding with reportedly was trying to have Rubio killed

(Newser) - Marco Rubio has been an especially vocal critic of Nicolas Maduro, and the Florida senator's public lambasting of the Venezuelan president, as well as other Rubio remarks, apparently ticked off one powerful politician in that country enough that he wanted Rubio killed for it. The Miami Herald reports on... More »

Maduro's Son Says Father Will 'Take' White House With Guns

Venezuela responds to Trump threat of military action

(Newser) - If the United States takes military action against the regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Maduro's son says his country will "take" the White House with guns, Politico reports. Nicolas Maduro Guerra issued the warning yesterday in response to comments made by Donald Trump Friday that he would... More »

US Met With Middle-Finger Salute Over Venezuela Vote

Feds pressure Maduro to call off vote that would rewrite constitution

(Newser) - Venezuela is a mess , and a vote scheduled for Sunday is poised to make things worse. President Nicolas Maduro aims to create a new lawmaking body called the Constituent Assembly that would essentially replace the current National Assembly (controlled by opponents) and rewrite Venezuela's constitution. Maduro says the vote... More »

Helicopter Attacks Venezuela Supreme Court

Maduro calls it a 'terrorist attack'

(Newser) - In what Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called a "terrorist attack" by people seeking to overthrow his government, a police helicopter attacked government buildings in Caracas on Tuesday with bullets and grenades. Officials say the stolen helicopter fired 15 shots at the Interior Ministry before launching four grenades at the... More »

It's Hell in Venezuela Right Now

Chaos and death dog the country

(Newser) - Five thousand. That's the number of man-portable air-defense systems—more conveniently known as MANPADS and able to down low-flying planes—Venezuela has obtained from Russia, according to a Reuters scoop published Monday. It's the largest stash of shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles in Latin America, and while US officials are... More »

Venezuelan Workers Just Got a Huge Raise

Lowest income workers promised a 60% wage increase amid charged protests

(Newser) - In response to explosive anti-government protests, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro promised Sunday to raise the minimum wage by 60%. His critics claim the pay hike, announced during Maduro's weekly televised address, is a political distraction amid protests that have left 29 dead in just about a month, reports NPR... More »

First Venezuela Lost Its Beer, Now It's Losing Its Coke

Sugar shortage has forced Coca-Cola to halt production there

(Newser) - Forget about buying the world a Coke —Venezuela can't even buy itself one now. Barely a month after the country's main brewery stopped beer production due to Venezuela's ongoing economic crisis , Coca-Cola has announced that it's also halting production of sugary beverages there because of... More »

Beleaguered Venezuela Moves to New Time Zone

And there is only a week of beer left

(Newser) - "This is not life." That's what a fed-up resident of the Venezuelan city of Maracaibo tells Vice News . Residents of that country, which is being ravaged by an economic downturn and serious energy shortage, have already had their workweek slashed to two days (at least the 2... More »

Venezuela Declares Fridays Are Holidays

At least for a while, to save money on energy

(Newser) - In the US workplace, we have "casual" Fridays; in Venezuela, they now have "don't bother coming in" Fridays. President Nicolas Maduro announced that Fridays for the next 60 days will be official state holidays to save energy in a country that's been plagued by blackouts and... More »

DEA Busts Relatives of Venezuelan President

First lady's nephews were flown to US

(Newser) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro regularly accuses the US of plotting against him, and the arrest of two family members by American authorities is unlikely to soften his stance. The two men were arrested in Haiti on Tuesday and flown to New York the same day to answer charges of plotting... More »

Why Venezuelans Are Scanned Before Buying Milk

Oil-rich country has started rationing food, using fingerprint scanners

(Newser) - In Venezuela's western border state of Zulia, residents are restricted to buying no more than 2.2 pounds of "gold" a week—"gold" being a nickname for powdered milk. The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the seemingly improbable rationing that was last month enacted in... More »

Venezuela to Fingerprint Grocery Shoppers

Maduro says move will foil smugglers

(Newser) - Venezuelan grocery shoppers won't be able to buy food without a fingerprint scan under tough new anti-smuggling measures unveiled by President Nicolas Maduro. Subsidies and price controls keep food in Venezuela a lot cheaper than in neighboring countries and Maduro says the new biometric system will be an "... More »

Maduro Cries Coup as Venezuela Toll Hits 13

Maduro accuses opposition of plotting with US to oust him

(Newser) - Protesters trying to force out Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro have blocked main roads in Caracas with burning barricades to try and ban access to the capital, reports the BBC . At least 13 people have now been killed in the wave of opposition protests, and hardline demonstrators in the capital and... More »

Venezuela Boots US Officials It Spied on for Months

Maduro claims they were conspiring with opposition

(Newser) - As violent protests rocked Venezuela for a fifth straight night yesterday, President Nicolás Maduro ordered the expulsion of three US officials who, he said, were conspiring with the opposition. Maduro's announcement came after the Obama administration publicly sided with opposition leader Leopoldo López, the AP reports. Maduro... More »

Murdered Ex-Miss Venezuela Had Been Attacked Before

Monica Spear was no stranger to violence, but refused to leave country she loved

(Newser) - A high-profile shooting in Venezuela continues to grab headlines, with the Monday night murder of well-known soap-opera actress and former Miss Venezuela shining a light on the country's rampant violence—as the nation's leader tries to shift the focus. President Nicolas Maduro yesterday tried to paint Monica Spear'... More »

70% of Venezuela Goes Dark

President Nicolas Maduro blames saboteurs

(Newser) - Activity in Venezuela effectively ground to a halt yesterday, as a blackout plunged 70% of the country into darkness just after noon. Parts of the capital, which the AP reports normally escapes such outages, were affected, rendering traffic lights dark and forcing companies to send thousands of workers home. The... More »

Brawl Breaks Out at Venezuela National Assembly

Opposition told they can't speak until they recognize Maduro

(Newser) - Rival lawmakers in Venezuela are blaming each other for a National Assembly slugfest that left seven opposition lawmakers injured. State TV cameras in the chamber were pointed toward the ceiling during the brawl, which erupted after opposition lawmakers were denied the right to speak until they recognize Nicolas Maduro's... More »

Maduro Grabs State TV to Blast US, 'Nazi' Opposition

As Washington demands recount

(Newser) - Venezuela's new honcho is proving to be no less dramatic than Hugo Chavez, with Nicolas Maduro breaking into state television no fewer than three times yesterday to blast the US and opponent Henrique Capriles. As the New York Times reports, Maduro worked "himself into what seemed to be... More »

Protests Rage After Venezuela Refuses to Recount

Capriles not accepting 'illegitimate ' result

(Newser) - Police in Caracas fired tear gas to disperse furious opposition supporters after Venezuelan electoral authorities decided there would be no recount of the presidential election result, despite Nicolas Maduro's slender margin of victory . Opposition leader Henrique Capriles insists that he, not Hugo Chavez's anointed heir, is the real... More »

Chavez Heir Squeaks a Win in Venezuela; Recount Sought

Maduro took 50.7% to Capriles' 49.1%

(Newser) - Nicolas Maduro, the former bus driver Hugo Chavez chose as his political heir, has triumphed in Venezuela's presidential election by a margin much narrower than expected. Electoral official say Maduro took 50.7% of the votes to 49.1% for opposition challenger Henrique Capriles, the AP reports. Maduro, who... More »

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